HD Professorship At FAMU

Harold Dow Foundation
                 of Journalism                   
The Harold Dow Professorship
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University


CBS News is establishing the Harold Dow Professorship at the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication at Florida A&M University, which was the first historically black university to have an accredited journalism program. The professorship is designed to enhance presentation skills for students interested in on-air positions in broadcast television and will begin in the 2011-12 academic year.

“Through these initiatives in our workplace and with the aspiring young journalists at the distinguished Florida A&M journalism program, CBS News is expanding its longstanding commitment to diversity, to industry excellence and to nurturing future generations of journalists,” said McManus.

“We also are extremely pleased that we are able to memorialize our colleague and dear friend, broadcasting legend Harold Dow, in this significant way.”

In addition to the President’s Award, CBS News’ new initiatives, which will be implemented beginning in 2011, include:

  • Internship – Each year, CBS News will bring seven summer interns of diverse backgrounds to New York, all expenses paid.
  • Employment – CBS News will create a professional development program that identifies two news producers of diverse backgrounds in the early stages of their careers at CBS stations and pay half of their salary each year.
  • Education – CBS is establishing the Harold Dow Professorship at the School of Journalism at Florida A&M University. The professorship is named in honor of the late, award-winning 48 HOURS correspondent who died suddenly in August 2010.

“We are profoundly appreciative to have the CBS Harold Dow Professorship, which will immediately enhance the education of students committed to a career in broadcast journalism,” said Dr. James Hawkins, Dean of the Florida A&M University School of Journalism & Graphic Communication. “This professorship speaks volumes about CBS’s regard for journalism education and appreciation for Harold Dow, a gifted journalist whose work was nothing short of outstanding. It is our goal to produce journalists who will commit to the trusted standards of CBS and Harold Dow.”

“Harold was a celebrated journalist, a CBS colleague and a friend and mentor to me and to so many throughout his career,” said CBS News senior producer Kim Godwin, a Florida A&M School of Journalism & Graphic Communication alumna and former faculty member.

“I am proud of CBS’s ongoing focus on excellence and diversity in our newsroom and in the industry as a whole, and so very gratified that the students at FAMU will benefit from this wonderful professorship established in celebration of Harold’s extraordinary contributions and career.”

Dow had been a correspondent for 48 HOURS since 1990, after serving as a contributor to the broadcast since its premiere on Jan. 19, 1988. He was a contributor to the critically acclaimed 1986 documentary “48 Hours on Crack Street,” which led to the creation of the single-topic weekly news magazine. Over the course of his distinguished career at the Network, Dow served as a correspondent for the CBS News magazine, STREET STORIES, and reported for the CBS EVENING NEWS, SUNDAY MORNING and the CBS News legal series, VERDICT. He also served as co-anchor on CBS News’ NIGHTWATCH, prior to which he was a correspondent and reporter at CBS News’ Los Angeles bureau.

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